Picture heavy post!

I finished my Learning Quilt last week and I have tons of pictures to share. This quilt started about 3 years ago when I picked up the quilting habit ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย At that time I was still testing out knitting and one of the knitters I followed online was trying her hand a making quilt blocks so I jumped on the band wagon. Oh my, the name of this quilt is so appropriate because I learned a ton while making these blocks…so many mistakes!! I won’t recount them all here; let’s just suffice it to say I laughed heartily while finally putting all these blocks together into a quilt.

Without further ado…here is a shot of the whole quilt and then close ups of each block:

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block 1

block 2

block 3

block 4

block 5

block 6

block 7

block 8

block 9

block 10

block 11

block 12

I apologize for some of the wonky picture angles…this was hanging on my design wall and I don’t have a whole lot of space to back up for straight on pictures. I hope you can make out some of the quilting – I FMQ each block in whatever design hit me as I got to it and I used a loopy circle in the sashing and borders. Although this is not one of my finest quilts it is still very special to me because it shows me just how far I’ve come in the last three years ๐Ÿ˜€

Another exciting thing this week, I got a picture of one of my quilts being given to it’s new owners…the happy parents-to-be! It makes me SO HAPPY to get these kinds of pictures and I hope the baby loves that blanket for many years to come…

baby whale quilt

I’ve been trying to work on some of my WIPs and this week I pulled out my Sugar Block Club blocks from last year and decided on a layout. I was trolling the hashtag #sugarblockclub2016 on Instagram and I found this completed topย by @stitchymomma and instantly knew that’s what I wanted to do.

I wanted my SBC blocks to be the focal point so I pulled out a bunch of low volume print fat quarters and cut 12.5″ blocks

sbc take 1

I let this simmer on the wall for a day or two and decided “nope, I’m just not feeling it” so I raided my solids stash and tried something different – WOW! I love it. I’m calling it Sugar Block Skittles!

sbc skittles

I’ll be spending the afternoon sewing it all together. I think I’m going to use Angela Walters’ quilting design, Paisley Feather, for the solid blocks and I’ll probably echo quilt designs in the pieced blocks.

Ok, just one last picture…we’re building a house in Myrtle Beach and will make the permanent move there when our house is finished so I thought I’d share an in-progress shot. Still a long way to go but the builder says once the roof is completed things will move along pretty fast.

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Oh and I almost forgot…I’ve been following along with Yoga by Adriene all this week. I started her Revolution 31 day series and I’m on Day 7. It’s hard but it feels good!

Have a super-fan-tab-ulous day!!

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10 thoughts on “Picture heavy post!

  1. I still have my first sampler quilt too – complete with squared off points and questionable fabric combinations ๐Ÿ˜€ Your fmq shows you’ve come a long way in just three years, after seven years I’m still hesitating to get the quilting done on my projects. Angela Walters is good fun to watch and inspires a ‘have a go attitude’ although I don’t I’d have much success knocking back a glass of wine and quilting past midnight!

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    1. LOL…yes, definitely lots of squared off points in mine and seriously questionable fabric choices!! You really should give FMQ a try – I was intimidated at first so I made some practice sandwiches just to play, that helped me a lot! Ha, yeah I’m with you…definitely no wine while I’m quilting and never after 10pm ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. PS. Thanks for posting the ideas for setting the Sugar Block Club blocks. I think I have two more blocks to make… It would be good to get the finished blocks out of their box and made into a quilt โ˜บ

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  3. Wow so many cool photos! Congrats on your new house in progress (bet you will make sure to have a nice studio!) and adorable baby quilt. The blocks that opened the post are fantastic (especially love the ones with the dark green) and wonderful quilting ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thanks so much!! Oh yes, I’ve already commandeered a bedroom for my ‘studio’ – that was first on my list!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I seriously knew nothing about fabric selection when I made those blocks…I look at some of them now and wonder ‘what was I thinking?’!!!

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